What’s New in the Visual Studio Scrum 2013.4 Process Template

Many Visual Studio and .NET announcements were made this week. A minor one was the RTM of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4. This update included improvements and bug fixes to Team Foundation Server 2013.

To satisfy my curiosity, as I’ve done in the past, I wanted to see what’s new in my favorite process template, so I downloaded the 2013.3 and 2013.4 versions and compared them using the tf folderdiff command …

tf folderdiff “Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2013.3” “Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2013.4” /recursive

This launches the Folder Difference tool, where we can see that there are only a few differences between the versions:


Other than the obvious metadata (name and version) differences, I only saw a few differences:

  • SQL Query updates (mostly changing identifier case) in the Backlog Overview and Velocity reports
  • A new BugWorkItems section in ProcessConfiguration.xml – probably to support the new bugs on the backlog capability (for the other process templates)


  • Removed Backlog Priority from the Details section for both Product Backlog Item and Bug work item types


  • In the ProcessConfiguration.xml file, Test Plans, Test Suites, and Shared Parameters now have defined colors.


In summary, it seems that this was a pretty small update, with only minor changes.


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